Ipswich/Felixstowe: Man faces long jail sentence after admitting rape

A 24-year-old man is facing the prospect of a lengthy jail sentence after admitting rape and sex assault on a female by penetration.

Jason Rabenda, of Matson Road, Ipswich, is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on July 16.

Rabenda pleaded guilty to the two offences when he appeared before the court for his plea and case management hearing.

Following his pleas, he was remanded in custody until sentencing.

A second rape allegation was left to lay on file.

The offences took place in the same house on September 23 last year.

The property is located in north-west Ipswich. However, the specific location can not be named in order to protect the identity of the victim.

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Rabenda formerly of Buregate Road, Felixstowe, was arrested by police on September 24 last year on suspicion of rape.

After being questioned by detectives he was released on bail pending further enquiries, before being charged in April.

In January last year Rabenda was jailed for six months and two weeks after admitting theft and breaching a suspended sentence.

On that occasion a judge tore into him for betraying the mercy of a court after Rabenda stole money while on a two-year suspended sentence.

On December 15, 2010, he took a cash tin containing �135 from the former Hare and Hounds pub in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Two months earlier, Rabenda had been spared prison after admitting a house burglary in Ipswich.

During last year’s sentencing Ipswich Crown Court heard Rabenda had numerous convictions for dishonesty and driving offences.

Jailing him Recorder Michael Pooles QC said: “You come before this court three months after a judge exercised a very substantial degree of mercy upon you.

“In October, you were here on a charge of burglary. The judge was persuaded, because of your youth, because of your not having the worst record in the world, and no doubt on the basis of assurances that you were trying to get your act together, to take the very merciful course of ordering a suspended sentence, together with community penalties.

“Within weeks of that merciful sentence, you were in breach of it.”

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